WFMW: Back to School Tip

I don’t know about you, but I am NOT ready for school to start. Our summer has sped by and I just need 47 more pool days.

Not to mention, I am really good at sleeping in. A fine art, I’ve heard.

But since we are on the school-will-start-soon countdown, I’m trying to get my kids back on track.

In order to be ready this year, I’m getting my kids in bed every night at the same time. They will be making their own lunches the night before school starts (it’s called empowerment) and we’ll have a “hot file” in the kitchen for important notes from teachers and info about school projects.

Delegating to my kids works for me.

What works for you getting your kids in the back-to-school routine?

Kiss Your Spouse Today! {Giveaway}

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Congrats to readers AmyKay and Michelle!


I’m one of those old married people.

When people hear we’ve been married nearly 17 years (!) they are surprised–not so much that we made it that far, more that we are getting old, I think.

My hubby and 11 year old had a lot of time to talk the other day in the car. Since my hunk of man is also a great dad, he’s been reading up on how to communicate better with tweens and learned that asking questions is a great tactic.

So, that’s what he did. They talked a lot with him asking, her answering.

One of his questions: What do you think of me and mom’s marriage?

One of her answers: It’s good. (and she smiled, really big)

And then she added: But y’all kiss way too much. (said with a giggle and pride)

Which is exactly the answer old married people want to hear from their kiddos.

So, my tip: kiss often, in-front of your kids! They will act grossed-out, but deep down, they need to see it.

It helps if you’re wearing one of my favorite shirts to get you in the mood! My friends at Union28 sent me this lovely shirt last week.

I wore it to Chick Fil A. The owner came over to say hi (at this point in my life, I just have to claim the fact that I’m a like Norm on Cheers at my local chicken eatery). He commented on shirt. “That is really nice of you to wear those words on your shirt.”

It made me happy.  And my hubby might have gotten kissed that day!

Union28 is giving away TWO $25 gift certificates today to two lucky readers!

We are THAT family readers can also use this code U28WATF15 for 15% off any merchandise order.– it’s valid 8/16 – 9/30 to buy a favorite shirt.

Here’s another new one I love:

This giveaway ends Thursday.

Confessions of a Middle-Aged Mother

I need to confess:

Sometimes I sweep dirt under the rug instead of sweeping it up.

Sometimes I restart the dishwasher and pretend it never got started.

Sometimes I hide in the bathroom to read email.

Sometimes I walk around Target for an hour with an empty cart.

Sometimes I go to the drive-thru for a refill of sweet tea.

Sometimes I fix my kids pb&j for dinner.

Sometimes I eat ice cream. In the bathroom. For dinner.

Your turn.

Go ahead, it feels good.

Sometimes I _____________________

The Precious Moments of Motherhood

I sat down and closed my eyes. It was only 8:30 pm and I could barely hold them open.

My daughter sat down next to me.

I opened my eyes because I could feel her staring, she leaned in close and just looked at me. She put her head on my shoulder and reached over and traced her finger along my cheek.

It was one of those special moments that remind me how much I love my [mothering] job.

She tilted her head and reached out and grabbed my hand, “Mom?”

I held my breath feeling the weight of what she was about to say….

“Did you know there’s this new stuff you can inject around your eyes and forehead to get rid of all those lines?”

Moment over.

I’m pretty sure my daughter just recommended botox.

Mercy House T-Shirt Contest!!

We are nearly sold out of our first edition Mercy House shirts! (grab one here-the last few now on sale!!)

They were a big hit, but it’s time to create a new design.

Since I don’t have time and have limited skills, I thought I’d have a little contest.

Send in your Mercy House t-shirt ideas (you can use your own template or something like this for free) to

I’ll share the top three choices so everyone can help me choose a favorite.

Winner Receives: Cold Hard Cash. $100 or t-shirts for your whole family!

Deadline: Aug. 19th